QC offers free rides amid transport strike

Posted at 06/18/14 8:02 PM

MANILA - The Quezon City government is offering free rides to commuters who will be affected by the protest caravan of some transport groups on Thursday.

Upon orders of Mayor Herbert Bautista, the city government will deploy all its service vehicles as well as its emergency vehicles assigned to 142 villages to the major city roads to provide free rides to commuters.

City administrator Aldrin Cuña said they will be providing free rides as early as 5 a.m.

The city government identified Commonwealth Avenue, Aurora Boulevard and E. Rodriguez Avenue as priority areas for its "Oplan: Libreng Sakay" program.

Some members of the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON), Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations (ACTO), and Stop and Go Coalition will not ply their routes on Thursday in protest of the new order which introduces heftier fines for traffic violations.

They will stage their protest as they move from the Quezon Memorial Circle en route to the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).